Nusantara Studies

What is Nusantara Studies?

Nusantara Studies serves as a platform to foreground the worldview of intellectuals, literary and cultural figures and institutions of knowledge that have relevance to Penang and also have connection with the cultures of the Nusantara. Penang, which was once a very cosmopolitan meeting point of trade, culture and knowledge, was responsible for forging changes in society.

To avoid resorting to the romanticism of yore, the Nusantara Section has taken a preliminary step to regain Penang’s stature as an intellectual hub of the region by indulging in research, organising forum series, and also encouraging local and national cultural activities. In terms of research, the Section’s concerns include cultural and political identities, ethnic relations, the arts, religion and popular culture.

Apakah Seksyen Nusantara?

Seksyen Nusantara merupakan suatu wadah yang mengetengahkan pandangan alam dan budaya fikir cendekia, sasterawan, budayawan dan institusi keilmuan yang berkaitan dengan Pulau Pinang dan hubungannya dengan kebudayaan Nusantara. Pulau Pinang yang suatu ketika dahulu merupakan pusat pertembungan perdagangan, kebudayaan dan keilmuan yang sangat kosmopolitan sifatnya telah banyak mencambahkan benih perubahan dalam masyarakat.

Untuk mengelak terjeratnya dalam romantisme silam, Seksyen Nusantara mengambil langkah permulaan untuk mengembalikan fungsi Pulau Pinang sebagai hub intelektual Nusantara dengan menjalankan penyelidikan, menganjurkan siri forum, dan juga menggalakkan aktiviti budaya tempatan dan nasional. Dari segi penyelidikan, antara hal yang disentuh ialah identiti budaya dan politik, hubungan etnik, seni, agama, dan budaya popular.

Who are the team members?
Siapakah ahli Seksyen Nusantara?

Dr. Mustafa Kamal Anuar, Fellow & Head of Nusantara Studies
Dr Mustafa Kamal Anuar is an academic in communication studies prior to this appointment, his research concerns include media and communications, human rights and culture. He was recipient of the British High Commissioner’s Chevening Award and of Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals.

Mohd Izzuddin Ramli, Analyst
Graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia with BA and MA in Political Science. He conducted a number of research work in Penang and his research interest in local politics, and Malay, post-colonial and subaltern studies. He took part in community work in Penang and also tutored undergraduate students in Universiti Sains Malaysia. He writes occasionally for The Malaysian Insider.

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